Miranda’s Journal and the Seven Dwarfs


Page 15 from the series Before the Pirates Came*

So today, despite losing an engine and strong winds out of the south, it was a pretty good day.  I brought her into the dock at Charlevoix with the authority of an old-timer. Unfortunately, as is usually the case, there was no huge crowd looking on to applaud my performance. I’m sure the first time I take down an upright next spring, friends will converge in record numbers to take note.

“First pride, then the crash– the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.” Proverbs 16:18 (The Message Bible)

So I’m here now. The experience of being at a new place on my boat is overwhelming.  Bizet’s Carmen is on my huge home stereo and pouring through the speakers that I painstakingly wired and installed myself. In the morning I can hook up the new flat screen TV. It should be enough to keep me entertained for a while. And there’s always that Bible from the guy at Mallard Point.  Charlie went home as soon as I got settled.  I’m glad I don’t have to entertain him tonight.

“Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.” Proverbs 6:5 (NIV)

The lights on the water are new and interesting and I’m trying to figure out what I’m looking at.  I think that’s the Charlevoix Coast Guard Station off to starboard, and the red channel marker 4/s is off to port.  Jack’s Steakhouse sets high above the water and overlooks the docks.  Tonight the dinner crowd is enjoying their panoramic view of the harbor.   In the tradition of the ancient Greek theatre, will it be a tragedy, comedy, or satyr?    The players are getting restless, ready for the show to begin. 

I’m choking back happy tears wondering if this is all for real. Charlie keeps telling me I need to come up with a name for my boat. He says I should call it “Snow White” since I’ll be out here all winter.  Cute, but I don’t think I’m prepared to spend my summers listening to stupid dwarf jokes.

List for tomorrow:

__ schedule electrical upgrade
__ price quotes on shrink-wrap
__ extra long cable hook-up
__ call CF at noon as promised
__ chart of amps
__ liquor store
__ refill prescriptions

I’ve been out of Lithium for over a month now. But I feel fine, really.  I would know if I was  high as a kite,  spinning out of control.  Of course I’d know.  I will find that script and get it filled. Right after I go up to Jack’s Steakhouse, have a drink, and meet the neighbors.


*This story is based on some true events, however, has been fictionalized and all persons appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.


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4 Responses to Miranda’s Journal and the Seven Dwarfs

  1. Debbie says:

    I love your boat knowledge as you share this story. It adds so much to it. And the scripture that you add in is soooo good. Wow good.
    This has me thinking of the family that I clean for. He wanted a boat . . .a big boat . . .and she went along with it because he works hard and she thought this would be something that he could do to relax. A week or so later, she tells me that he has never been so stressed out in all his life as he is now with this boat. haha! Things need fixed that he has no idea about, he doesn’t know how to pilot it or dock it. He kills the engines and they start to drift into other boats and their grown children just want to jump off of it. I figure I will say nothing about the boat should I see him. He’s suppose to take pilot’s lessons this winter. And the last thing that needed fixed wasn’t as bad as they had first thought. . . I’ll just pray that it will yet be a blessing, someway, somehow!
    God bless you as you steer Miranda through this story into the port of Jesus!

    • Linda says:

      All this just warms my heart, brings home so many really happy times as a kid (and later with Harry). The way you tell it is so funny, you’re killin’ me!

      My dad was like your friend’s husband. He wasn’t handy, our first little boat caught fire on a weekend outing, and he never got the hang of docking. There’s a trick to it. He and I spent a weekend together before the marina got very full just to practice. As soon as he got close to the dock, he asked me to take the helm. It’s really very scary.

      I wonder how big his boat is? Bigger boats are easier to handle, which is why I could run that Ferretti. Killing the engines and floating around willy nilly is just part of the learning process.

      He might be taking a class based on “Chapman’s Piloting,” the ultimate source of boating and navigation info. I’ve had my 30-year old Chapman’s on the coffee table since I started writing about Miranda. I’ve tried to be very accurate and specific, and I verify everything. It’s alot of work but I just love that stuff! … so thanks for noticing! ; ) I secretly look for “Seeking Miranda” along the lakeshore wherever I go. I miss those days alot. Sort of… ; )

  2. Ferd says:

    A good reminder that Miranda was ill. I know Lithium is a medicine for the manic side of bipolar disorder. I know those afflicted suffer great harm as a result of their impulsiveness and poor judgement.

    Interesting, the question about whether this will play out as a Comedy or Tragedy. Interesting, too, the strong play of good vs evil in this story. Our world has it all. There are those that build us up and those that tear us down. May Miranda stumble on the good guys!

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